Spaces Talk #6: Making Demos Great Again

    Marloes Kuijper, on 19-10-2020
    Category: Data Science & AI, Events

    At this year’s Spaces Summit, I presented a talk on Streamlit: a new web application framework in Python, which is perfect for making data science demos. About the talk As Data Scientists, we often need to quickly prototype ideas and showcase those projects to the business. Yet, Python scripts are not very visually appealing and Powerpoint is not always suitable. You also don’t want to spend weeks setting up that throw-away, unmaintainable Flask application, just for the purpose of showcasing your idea. Fortunately, there’s a solution to all of these…

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    Spaces Talk #4: From prototype to production. A real-life cloud story.

    Quiran Storey, on 24-08-2020
    Category: Architecture, Cloud, Infrastructure, Development

    This year the bol.com Spaces Summit was held virtually and Anastasija and myself, Quiran Storey, presented a talk on a topic that is close to our daily work “From prototype to production. A real-life cloud story.” About the talk All things start out as ideas, or prototypes, and our R2D2 is no different. In this talk we will give you a glimpse of how bol.com’s self-service cloud provisioning tool came to be. But also how it is constantly evolving from a proof of concept to a full-on production system. We…

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    Video: My Chaos Engineering presentation

    Luc Kleeven, on 9-07-2020
    Category: Blog, Development

    During the spaces summit this year, I did a talk on “Chaos Engineering: Why we should embrace chaos”. About me I’ve been working as a software developer since 2008 and have been at bol.com since 2016. I’m passionate about code quality: clean code, testing, reliability, etc. I recently learned about chaos engineering and I think it might be the next new tool in our developer toolkit to improve our code quality even further! About the talk Chaos engineering is the practice of doing experiments on your system to gain insights…

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    Spaces Summit 2019 – Part II

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 27-06-2019
    Category: Podcast

    Three years ago, a group of enthusiastic engineers gathered together during the Friday drinks. They wanted to interact more in the growing organization. Learn more from each other by sharing cool stories. The plan for a bol.com tech summit was born, they called it Spaces Summit.   Three years later the 3rd edition in succession is organized by a dedicated team of committed engineers. It’s the 13th of June and the Techlab Podcast team is on the Spaces Summit 2019 location to give you an impression of the Spaces Summit.   In the previous episode of the podcast we interviewed one…

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    Spaces Summit 2019 – Part I

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 20-06-2019
    Category: Podcast

    Three years ago a group of enthusiastic engineers gathered together during the Friday drinks. They wanted to interact more in the growing organization. Learn more from each other by sharing cool stories. The plan for a bol.com tech summit was born, they called it Spaces Summit.   Three years later the 3rd edition in succession is organized by a dedicated team of committed engineers. It’s the 13th of June and the Techlab Podcast team is on the Spaces Summit location to give you an impression of the Spaces Summit.   We interviewed one of the committee members to tell you the What, Why…

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    Spaces Summit – Launching for the 3rd edition

    Niels Kuiper, on 7-06-2019
    Category: Culture, Development, Events

    On June 13th, we organize the third edition of Spaces Summit: an internal tech conference for and by bol.com IT. From the start of the idea three years ago at a “borrel” (Friday afternoon drinks), Spaces Summit has become the biggest event inside bol.com IT to get inspired, learn, share knowledge, show off and get together as a community . This third edition will again be bigger than last year: a total of 500 attendees (150 more than last year!), an unusual afternoon keynote, inspiring talks on a variety of subjects, good…

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    Meetup: Angular and Progressive Web Apps

    Peter Paul van de Beek, on 5-06-2019
    Category: Development, Events

    On Wednesday the 26th of June bol.com will host a meetup about Angular and Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Lars Meijdam en Marcel Visser (both Team Rockstars IT) will present on Progressive Web Apps. What are these PWA’s? What sets them apart from native apps? How to create them? Stefan Nieuwhuis will dive into taming huge enterprise applications with Mono repos, Design Systems & Web Components. Program 17.30 -18.30 Welcome, food and drinks 18.30 – 19.15 Progressive Web Apps – Lars Meijdam en Marcel Visser – Rockstars IT 19.15 – 19.45…

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    Meetup: René Feiner (MessageBird) & Maarten Dirkse (bol.com) – Migrating to the cloud

    Leon van Tegelen, on 9-05-2019
    Category: Cloud, Development, Events

    On Wednesday the 15th of May bol.com will host a meetup about migrating from on-prem to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). After dinner is served, René Feiner, director of engineering at MessageBird will kick off the evening and talk about how and why they moved from their datacenter to GCP. Then, after a short break, Maarten Dirkse, cloud advocate at bol.com, will discuss bol.com’s ongoing migration to GCP and what lessons they have learned along the way. So if you’re interested in why companies migrate to the cloud and how…

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    Meetup: Maarten Dirkse & Tariq Ettaji – CI/CD @ bol.com & Xebia

    Sjors van Berkel, on 16-01-2019
    Category: Cloud, Events

    During this meetup we will focus on modern CI/CD practices! Maarten Dirkse, cloud advocate at bol.com, will update us on the migration of bol.com from their in-house data center to the cloud. After a short break, we will continue with the next part of the evening, in which Tariq Ettaji will show us how to run a CI/CD stack using CloudFormation completely free of charge!

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